Please note that application does not guarantee your child a place. Applicants to Safa British School are advised to regularly contact the Registrar to discuss the status of their application. Incomplete application will not be processed.
At Safa British School, our assessments take into consideration the whole child. We observe communication skills, social development, behaviour, attitude, manners, and physical development – both large and small motor control and academic levels. We are also interested in specific talents in any field – musical, sporting or artistic, as well as academic.
Whenever possible we aim to interview every child and their parents prior to entry and each child must take an age related placement test to ensure that they are ready for the high quality education on offer at Safa British School.
FS 1 – Year 1
‘Stay & Play’ Assessments are based primarily on observation of the child at play, engaging her/him in conversation. We observe children at play looking at the child’s developmental stage. Depending on the child’s age we adapt the assessment accordingly.
YEARS 2 – 6
Assessments involve basic mathematics, reading and writing, depending on the child’s age we will ask him/her to sit a computerised assessment. Any documents such as previous reports, awards, or other indications of a special interest or talent will be welcomed by the assessor to assist in forming a more complete picture of your child.
Students are baselined at admissions prior to entry into the school and will sit a computerized assessment. We take our time to allow us to get to know your child and assessments will normally take 90 minutes. All assessments are conducted either individually or in the form of a small group to ensure that it is a relaxed, stress-free experience.
Parents will also be invited to speak to the Inclusion and Pastoral Heads to paint a full picture of the child’s needs if required.
Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to produce a transfer certificate from their last school. This is strictly enforced and failure to produce a properly completed certificate, or a legally binding undertaking to produce all the necessary documentation, will result in your child’s place being withdrawn.
Please discuss your child’s transfer certificate requirements with the Registrar as your country of origin and last school is taken into consideration.
The Certificate must be on official school letterhead and must contain the following information:
- Full name of the child
- Date of enrolment in the school
- Child’s date of birth
- Date the child left the school
- Grade / Year Group on leaving the school
- School stamp and signature of the Principal
- Curriculum used
Children coming from countries other than EU and GCC countries should have the original Transfer Certificate (TC) attested by:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from the country of TC origin)
- UAE Embassy (from the country of TC origin)
SBS is a community committed to Inclusion, where personalised learning puts the child at the heart of the curriculum. We follow the well-being model to ensure that each child is supported emotionally and socially as well as academically. For further information please see our Inclusion Policy.
KHDA guide for parents to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities.